For a long time I didn’t think much about blocking statistics. The standard measure was blocks per set and that is the measure I used.
I had my first epiphany on the topic when I first noticed that the best blocking team in my league was only ranked fifth according to the current statistical norm. In this case the statistics were clearly not an accurate reflection of the actual game. So I started to dig deeper.
The first two logical steps were opponent’s attack percentage, as a general guide, and block percentage (ie percentage of opponent’s attacks blocked), for more detail. With these two figures I feel I have a much better grasp of how my team actually blocks.
But in the individual sense this doesn’t completely fill the void of understanding, especially when it comes to judging the real effectiveness of middle blockers.
Which leads me to my question…
Assuming access to all raw data, which statistic would most accurately measure the contribution of a middle blocker to team success?
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